We are all short-sighted, and very often see but one side of a matter; our views are not extended to all that has a connection with it. From this defect I think no man is free. We see but in part, and we know but in part, and therefore it is no wonder we conclude not right from our partial views. This might instruct the proudest esteemer of his own parts how useful it is to talk and consult with others, even such as come short of him in capacity, quickness, and penetration; for since no one sees all, and we generally have different prospects of the same thing, according to our different, as I may say, positions to it, it is not incongruous to think, not beneath any man to try, whether another man may not have notions of things which have escaped him, and which his reason would make use of if they came into his mind.

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NewPhilologistHi,

The author is saying that everyone sees the world differently and that people should take advantage of that by cooperating.

Coincidentally, that's exactly what EnglishForums.com is for! The paragraph was difficult for you to understand, so you've asked someone to help you. So even though you didn't fully understand the paragraph, you did understand the concept! Emotion: smile

Best wishes,
NewPhilologist

We are all short-sighted, and very often see but one side of a matter; our views are not extended to all that has a connection with it. From this defect I think no man is free. We see but in part, and we know but in part, and therefore it is no wonder we conclude not right from our partial views. This might instruct the proudest esteemer of his own parts how useful it is to talk and consult with others, even such as come short of him in capacity, quickness, and penetration; for since no one sees all, and we generally have different prospects of the same thing, according to our different, as I may say, positions to it, it is not incongruous to think, not beneath any man to try, whether another man may not have notions of things which have escaped him, and which his reason would make use of if they came into his mind.

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Could anyone explain it.
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Gary, I really think you need to start reading something easier. This sort of convoluted archaic language is difficult for a native speaker to figure out, let alone a learner at your level.